Leadership development has played a huge role in my college career, and because of that, it is something that has become highly valued to me. Over the past few years, I have learned much about this topic. There are many types of leaders and many theories and concepts of leadership. Just one widely accepted model is Kouzes' and Posner's "Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership", which says that effective leaders are ones that model, inspire, challenge, enable, and encourage. Together, these practices form strong and sustainable leadership.
Here is my point. As I experience COP21, I get to see a lot of things: posters, booths, talks, press conferences, speeches, pamphlets and more from all around the world on a huge variety of topics. Beyond that, I also see various forms of presentation styles, different moderator tendencies, the body language and tone of panelists, and ultimately various forms of leadership. The entirety of the human population - whether they are aware of it or not, or care about it or not - is relying on our world leaders to come to an agreement to combat climate change. Leadership is important in everyday life, but this is a situation that demands it.
As UNFCCC procedes, I expect to see much from our heads of state. This is a pivotal moment that calls for effective and unwavering leadership. The success of COP21 relies on it and it requires all to dig deep, persevere, and rise above.